Open Sessions

SOU 43 - Localizing Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda in South African Cities and Towns

21 Nov

21 November

9:30 to 12:30

Venue: Essaouira


South African National Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG)





South African Cities Network (SACN)





South Africa believes that in order to create productive, inclusive, safe and liveable cities, spatial planning and land-use management practices must actively integrate infrastructure investment, job opportunities, mobility and human settlements. This reflects the SDG 11 which aims to ensure that cities and human settlements are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable for all. South Africa’s localization approach to implementing the New Urban Agenda, the SDG Goal 11, and related commitments, finds expression through the implementation of our national urban policy, the Integrated Urban Development Framework.  Realizing the transformative commitments expressed in the IUDF requires the development of an enabling policy framework, engaging in participatory planning and actively managing urban spatial development through  commitment to integrated intergovernmental planning and management, and to stronger urban governance. South Africa has prioritized informal settlement upgrading because this supports community development, dignity, and improvement in people’s lives. We are championing a global network with like-minded partners, supported by UN-Habitat, World Bank, GIZ and others to establish global good practice that ensures active participation by the community in sustainably improving their own living environment and lives. This process recognizes that cities in the middle size and medium density range of the urban continuum are an integral and important part of the national settlement system, and a key concern for development policy and practice. It is important to constantly reflect on how to enrich the implementation process and key to this is the inclusion of other key stakeholders and role players in the development process. For South Africa ‘inclusivity’ has a particularly profound meaning, when presented against the landscape of apartheid. The transformation of the national space economy is the key objective of our National Development Plan, the IUDF, and our approach to implementing Goal 11 and the NUA. The aim of the session is to share experiences of the IUDF campaign and through engagements at this conference, develop improved strategies, stronger implementation tools and achieve the objectives of the South African urban policy.




Session Introduction, 15 minutes

Setting the scene, 30 minutes

Panel Discussion, 1 hour, 30 minutes,

  1. The role of the Private in Implementing the IUDF: Development Challenges and Opportunities in Intermediate Cities;
  2. Implementing the IUDF through the whole of society approach;
  3. Reflections from local government

General Discussion, 30 minutes

Closing Remarks, 15 minutes


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